Call it a grub match

RENATO GANDIA, SUN MEDIA

, Last Updated: 9:46 AM ET

The best foods from Calgary and New York are on the table as the two cities' mayors fight it out over the NLL Champion's Cup tonight.

New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg and Calgary head honcho Dave Bronconnier could also earn bragging rights, should their team prevail in the Roughnecks-Titans duel at the Dome.

A Calgary win and Bronco's payoff would include Irish stew and shepherd's pie, stuffed grape leaves, mousaka and spinach pie, and an assortment of meats and cheeses, all from New York's premier ethnic restaurants and shops.

Should the Titans get it done, Bronconnier promised to send Bloomberg a supply of Alberta beef, Italian sausage from Spolumbo's Fine Foods and Deli in Inglewood, and beer from Calgary's own Big Rock Brewery.

"It's all about good fun, good food and promoting Calgary and New York City as well," Bronconnier said.

Bloomberg likes to support the city's local sports franchise, and Bronconnier says he wants to do the same for the Roughnecks.

"I was kinda surprised he's actually taken the bet," said Bronconnier, who in the past got disappointed when mayors of other U.S. cities snubbed a challenge from his office.

"My hat is off to our friend Mayor Bloomberg ... pulling out all the stops to support his team, offering a taste of some of New York's most interesting neighbourhoods.

"I do feel a bit bad, though. I mean, it's going to be a lot of work for him to pick up all that stuff for us on Saturday morning."

Bloomberg says he'd be happy to serve up some of the world's best foods, but Bronconnier has to book a flight to New York to taste them.

"The Titans have been at the top of their game -- and that was before Mayor Bronconnier began waving red meat and beer in front of them," said Bloomberg.

"I look forward to a great game."


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